Vanda Murray celebrates 100th birthday at Leschenault Leisure Centre

Celebrating a century: Vanda Murray celebrated her 100th birthday at the Leschenault Leisure Centre on January 5. Picture: Pip Waller

Celebrating a century: Vanda Murray celebrated her 100th birthday at the Leschenault Leisure Centre on January 5. Picture: Pip Waller

THE Leschenault Leisure Centre's oldest gym goer, Vanda Murray, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday January 5, with more than 30 gym lovers, friends and family.

Joined by her two daughters, Georgina Palmer and Raneleigh Estermann, Ms Murray enjoyed an array of birthday treats, cake and of course champagne, which Ms Murray is known for enjoying most nights.

When the Mailspoke to Ms Murray in September last year, she expressed hope that she would "make it" to her 100th birthday on January 5.

Although successfully reaching the milestone, Ms Murray confessed to the Mail that she "didn't feel any different".

"But I'm glad I'm here," she said.

"Coming to the gym and being around this wonderful crowd keeps me young, so I don't feel any older.

"I bought myself a lovely present for my birthday which is an emerald and diamond ring."

She said her 'secrets' to a long and healthy life included eating a 'hot, juicy' garlic sandwich every day to help keep her blood pressure down and keeping her mind alert and attending the gym, which she had been doing since 2010.

Celebrating Mum: Ms Murray with her daughters, Georgina Palmer and Raneleigh Estermann. Picture: Pip Waller

Celebrating Mum: Ms Murray with her daughters, Georgina Palmer and Raneleigh Estermann. Picture: Pip Waller

Ms Palmer, Ms Murray's eldest daughter, said her mum had been a remarkable woman over the years with a "pioneering spirit".

"She's always kept mentally strong and has always worked hard.

"Being social has also kept mummy going, which I think has to be the most important thing to live a long and healthy life, because without being social, you don't laugh.

"The gym has been great for her too - because it's a really caring centre. Tania Busslinger who runs the 'Living Legends' program is just fantastic for her."

Having already received her congratulatory letters from Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Ms Murray spent her birthday celebration at the centre mingling with friends, enjoying quiche and reading birthday cards.

Her cake featured a champagne bottle made of fondant, much to Ms Murray's delight.

Ms Estermann, Ms Murray's youngest daughter, said the family were holding further celebrations in Koombana Bay on Sunday, January 9.

"Around 70 people are coming, including family members and mum's dear friends," Ms Estermann said.

"She's even bought some new shoes because she wants to do some dancing."